3 ways to improve subscriber experiences—and trim your OPEX, too

Written by Erin Penney

An ISP’s subscriber experience has an interesting correlation with overall operating expenses (OPEX). Generally speaking, they’re symbiotic; one will nearly always directly impact the other, for better or for worse.

As much as a business would love for subscribers to have excellent experiences every time, it’s not always feasible. It’s far too easy to overpromise and underdeliver on subscriber experience—especially given how expensive it can be. But by finding ways to improve the subscriber experience, it’s entirely possible for ISPs to end up trimming OPEX too.

Today, let’s explore what your ISP can do to improve the experiences your subscribers receive—and reduce your OPEX at the same time.

 

1. Make sure networks are set up properly.

It’s better to do things right the first time so you don’t have to do them twice—or more than that, even. But when it comes to home networks, there’s a lot of room for error in the installation process.

Even directly after a home network installation, there are plenty of issues subscribers can run into. For example, recent research shows that 56% of consumers still have WiFi dead spots in their homes—and even if they have pods to help, only about 7% of ISPs say subscribers are getting pod placement right.

And it isn’t just pods, either. As RouteThis CEO Jason Moore explained, left to their own devices, subscribers will sometimes put essential devices like routers in some really weird places.

“I’ve heard some pretty incredible horror stories from the field. One of our customers’ subscribers really did demand that the technician install the router into the metal ductwork of their home.”

By putting in a little extra effort at install to ensure networks are properly set up on the first try (and that subscribers know why certain placements just won’t work), you can prevent predictable issues from cropping up in the future. It means happier subscribers—and lower demand on your budget for support calls, escalations, and truck rolls.

2. Adapt support processes to match growing demand.

Did you know? More than a third of consumers are now using their WiFi for an additional seven to ten hours per day. This puts a massive amount of strain on home networks, and bad news for ISPs, it means these subscribers are experiencing issues much more frequently.

This introduces two expensive issues for ISPs:

  • A higher volume of incoming support calls, which could potentially turn into more expensive escalations
  • A higher potential for churn, since more than one in four subscribers that experienced WiFi issues in 2021 chose not to call support simply because of the time and effort involved

By ensuring that your support processes scale effectively with demand, and that your agents can resolve issues in an efficient manner, your ISP will be in the position to manage higher volumes without impacting your service and without incurring extra costs.

 

3. Ensure agents can resolve issues remotely.

One of a support team’s biggest expenditures is that of escalating a subscriber’s support concern. In fact, on average, this is how much support teams pay for the various types of support contacts:

Given the increasing demand for WiFi issue resolution, and the increasing complexity of these issues, it’s no surprise that reducing the number of escalated calls and truck rolls can have a major impact on an ISP’s saved OPEX.

By empowering support agents to resolve more issues remotely, your support team will be able to reduce escalations and truck rolls. Plus, this way, they’ll be more likely to resolve issues on the first try, which improves the experience your subscribers have.

Ready to improve experiences and reduce OPEX?

Let’s talk about how RouteThis solutions—from better installs to total visibility and more—can help.